More than two hundred students are learning in both English and Spanish at Frederick Douglass Elementary School. Students from PreK through 4th participate in our Dual Language Immersion Program. In this program children get the opportunity to learn another language early on by receiving 50% of instruction delivered in Spanish, and 50% delivered in English. Students enrolled in the program are being taught Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts in English, and Math and Language Arts in Spanish.
This approach provides an enriching learning environment for all students and builds greater cultural awareness and respect. During the last decade, multiple research studies have demonstrated the significant cognitive benefits derived from early language learning, as well as the potential long-term educational and career benefits that multilingual students accrue.
We are incredibly thankful to have an amazing staff from around the world available here at Frederick Douglass for this program. Yasiria Rodriguez is the teacher for our PreK Spanish Immersion Program and is originally from Puerto Rico. Rocio Vera serves dual language Kindergarten teacher. Ms. Vera is from Colombia. Jeimy Flores also serves as a dual language Kindergarten teacher. Lucia Meca, from Spain, and Chema Vazquez, from Mexico, teach first-grade dual language. Margarita del Rio, from Chile, and Jennifer Urbina, from Honduras, are the second grade dual language teachers. Aida Fernandez, from Spain, and Shirley Padgett-Zeledon, from Nicaragua, are the third grade dual language teachers. Patricia Acuna from Chile is our fourth grade team dual language teacher.